• Posted On: August 12, 2014

Laws are established so that a system of rules can help regulate the actions of citizens. Impositions and penalties on those who break the rules are an inconvenience, yet help us to follow the laws of the land. However, laws can also get in the way of progress. Case in point is Florida’s law regarding real estate on properties where there is deferred maintenance. This law is proving challenging for investors who want to buy properties, fix them up and sell them or rent them out.

Properties in Florida that have deferred maintenance are subject to a code enforcement lien. The code enforcement lien also automatically places restrictions on the owner’s other properties. This means extra work for building code enforcement officers who are required to carry out building inspection tasks.

What is unclear at the moment in Florida is if the buyer is responsible for a lien that has already been established on the property before it’s bought. The statute doesn’t make this situation easy to understand, but it could be a situation where a local government can make a decision and/or take a position.

Regardless of various lien restrictions, building code enforcement is a job that is often hampered by work processes that slow down productivity. Most of your code officers are probably working with pen and paper, which has to be entered into your city’s system when they make it back to the office. The information is then transferred to whomever needs to see it and decisions are made later. What your workers require is a system that is more automated, relies less on pen and paper and can keep your citizens better informed about cases they’ve helped to establish in their neighborhoods.

Building code enforcement is often a thankless job, but it helps to keep your residents safe and investors from losing their hard-earned money on properties that are unfit for habitation. When a code officer does a building inspection, they should be able to file their report from the field and move on to the next location/property. Keeping your building inspection officers in the field for longer periods means the backlog of cases begins to whittle away and citizens are kept safer and happier. Citizens who are investing in local properties are also far happier because their investment starts to pay off sooner than later.

Stepping up to offer workable solutions is Comcate. We are committed to improving the speed at which your employees can carry out their building inspections, but we’re also offering solutions that improve accuracy. One of the principles Comcate was founded on was that government should run more efficiently, and that’s what we’ve helped to establish with clients across the U.S.

With our solution, building code enforcement officers can conduct inspection on a mobile device and have access to their checklist. They can also access case history and pull up important information about properties while they’re in the field. Photos can be attached to reports and GPS location can also be included to improve the accuracy of the case location. For more information about Comcate, contact us today.

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